Like humans, wolves once populated habitats all over the world, including Oregon. A toxic combination of fear, hatred, misunderstanding, and U.S. government policy killed all wolves in Oregon by 1947. Then, thanks to the unprecedented creation of the Endangered Species Act in 1969, wolves began to recover – leading to their reintroduction into Yellowstone, beginning in 1995. Since that time, wolves have been dispersing beyond the Park and in 1999, wolves began to reappear in Oregon. Now, if you talk to locals, you just might hear stories of recent wolf sightings.
When we listen to the wild language of Central Oregon, we very rarely hear the howl of wolves. Less than a hundred years ago this was not the case. We ask can our efforts bring back those voices, so critical to learning the language of their home? We believe a ecosystem without wolves is not truly wild. Not truly whole. Our wild forests need wolves, just as we need our wild forests. We argue that we also need wolves. Our two species are more similar than we are different and we share a vast majority of our genetic code. We are both generalists and can adapt easily to various habitats. We compete for food and territory. We disperse. We travel. We play. We hunt. We cuddle. We howl.
Please join us as we investigate how to rewild Central Oregon.
Rewild our forests. Rewild ourselves.
We passionately believe in the intrinsic value of wolves: the benefits they bring to wild nature as a keystone species and the important lessons that these top carnivores have to teach humans.
We fully support any efforts to enhance habitats and populations of one of America’s iconic native species – the Gray Wolf. The objective of rewilding is a bold, science-based program for our publicly owned lands. Gray Wolves currently occupy only 15% of their historic range. It is a commitment to our natural world, and of ethical urgency, to expand and improve Gray Wolf habitat. Wolves are intrinsically valuable and absolutely necessary for balanced and diverse ecosystems.